Press-Republican

Columns

March 18, 2013

Moss adds to spring lawn chores

As I’ve mentioned before, my daughter, son-in-law and grandson live in Portland, Ore. Thanks to Skype, we are able to see and speak with them several times a week. 

My son-in-law has been keeping me up-to-date on the progress of the bulbs he planted last fall. I think he was gloating when he told me last week that his daffodils are blooming and his tulips are up and beginning to set buds.

I, on the other hand, can report that I have only three crocuses that are just peeking out of the soil. I have been inspecting the yard and flower beds frequently, as the snow has melted. Although the lawn may be exhibiting a hint of green if I squint my eyes, and there are some very green patches that look suspiciously like weeds, the only other green in my lawn right now is moss.

Moss is a small green plant that produces spores spread by the wind. It starts growing in the fall when the soil is wet and usually reaches a peak in the early spring. Because grass doesn’t grow during the winter, moss is able to get a foothold in lawns that have bare spots. It lacks true roots but forms a thick green mat on the soil’s surface in bare areas. Moss is likely to grow where grass won’t if the conditions are more favorable for moss than grass. It does not kill grass, but grass does not grow where patches of moss are.

If the amount of moss you have in early spring is minimal, you may be able to remedy the situation by de-thatching it while it is healthy and vigorous. If you decide to reseed bare areas, remember that if you have a low spot or poor drainage, you will want to correct that. Feeding your lawn in early spring is not recommended. It will result in lush growth of grass at the expense of the roots and will not help to crowd out the moss.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • ouellette.jpg Web doctor always gets it right

    I have access to the collected medical knowledge of all recorded history at my fingertips, columnist Steve Ouellette writes.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Airport projects can benefit local economy

    Using a local workforce keeps wages and spending in the community if it can be done in a cost-effective manner, according to columnist Colin Read.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gast_Richard.jpg Producers can recycle tubing

    Project allows maple-syrup makers to conveniently dispose of their used tubing in an environmentally friendly way, according to columnist Richard Gast.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg Easter with doubters and the 'nones'

    Should more pastors ask this blunt question: "Do you really believe Jesus was raised from the dead?" wonders religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Black_Peter_2014_cropped.jpg Canadiens are Canada's team

    The National Hockey League playoffs are underway, and for Canadiens fans, many of whom likely reside in the Montreal "suburb" of Plattsburgh, it is a time of hope and joy.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • little_mug.jpg There's no saw like an old saw Kaye and I laughed ourselves silly the other day as we tried to top each other with our own sayings from childhood, columnist Gordie Little writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Denenberg_Stu1.jpg Privacy concerns make a comeback

    There's a growing concern amongst the millennials, columnist Stu Denenberg writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • paul_grasso.jpg Several options exist for downtown

    Pedestrian mall just one idea that could be good for city's economic future, according to columnist Paul Grasso.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Government can't create success on its own

    It takes a grass-roots community effort of people working together to assure future accomplishment, according to columnist Colin Read.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hagar_mug1.jpg Farmers strive for sustainability

    Conserving the land and assuring long-term profitability are two of the key goals for farmers these days, according to columnist Peter Hagar.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

Peter Black: Canadian Dispatch

Lois Clermont, Editor

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Richard Gast: Cornell Ag Extension

Bob Grady

Guest Columns
Peter Hagar: Cornell Ag Connection

Health Advice

Ray Johnson: Climate Science
Gordie Little: Small Talk

Terry Mattingly: On Religion

Steve Ouellette: You Had To Ask

Colin Read: Everybody's Business

Pinch of Time